Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson, President Joe Biden’s Supreme Court pick, has repeatedly embraced champions of Critical Race Theory (CRT) in lectures and speeches while nodding to the progressive idea with the use of terms such as “microaggression.”
Biden, who pledged in late January to nominate a black woman to the Supreme Court, followed through by nominating Jackson a month later. Jackson sits on the D.C. Court of Appeals and will replace retiring Justice Stephen Breyer if confirmed by the Senate.
Jackson’s background includes a Harvard law degree, legal defense work for prisoners of Guantanamo Bay, and a stint leading the U.S. Sentencing Commission. Jackson was previously confirmed by the Senate for her spot on the D.C. Court of Appeals by a vote of 53-44 on June 14, 2021.
Jackson won confirmation last year with the support of Democrats and Republican Sens. Susan Collins of Maine, Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, and Lisa Murkowski of Alaska. Republicans, including Graham, expressed reservations about Jackson’s judicial philosophy at the time, and those reservations have only grown. Graham blasted Jackson’s nomination in February as a pick of the “radical Left,” though he has not yet said which way he intends to vote.
A review of a handful of Jackson’s lectures and speeches from the past seven years shows that the nominee has a strong appreciation for leading proponents of CRT, a progressive idea that holds in part: “racism is endemic to, rather than a deviation from, American norms,” legal scholar Kimberle Crenshaw, who coined the term, wrote in 1989. While Jackson has avoided openly championing CRT, she has complimented its advocates and suggested that the progressive theory informs her legal analysis